The Share Tasting

March is here, and there may be snow on the ground but there’s spring in the air. (Okay, if you can’t feel it, just pretend with us, will ya?) Our March Wine Share is a fun one, and not all about the warmer days to come, but we included some Springy teasers to get you in the mood. Our tasting this Wednesday will feature a variety of wines meant for warmer days and sunshine, but also some stuff still built for baths after a snowy day on the mountain and all day roasts. 

Our first wine up is a feature from our March Winery of the Month, I. Brand! Winemaker, Ian Brand, will be in our shop March 27th when you’ll be able to try his whole incredible line up, but until then we’ll be chatting him up on the floor and in our Share. Wednesday we will pour his P’tit Paysan Rosé out of Monterey, California. It’s delicious…and will make you want to bust out your bikini!

Next we’ll have an interesting and earthy red blend from the Minervois region of France. If you like Rhône wines, you will definitely be into this one. The Ch. d’Oupia is a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache and it’s perfect for any season and all the meaty stuff. Minervois is a great region for value wines, so conectey snd see if it’s your new jam.

Then we’ve got another red out of Spain up next. The Vinyes Domenach vineyard lies in the heart of Monsant in Catalonia. Haven’t heard of this region? It is oftentimes overshadowed by its neighbor Priorat, but more people should pay attention to this hidden gem. Again, a wine made with some Rhône varieties but Spanish style. This blend of Grenache and Carignan is much different than the Minervois, bolder and more complex.

Finally we’re pouring a beautiful red from Central Italy, Marotti Campi’s Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. This red wine is super unique, and if you love aromatic and floral reds, you’re gonna fall in love. It smells of rose petals. Seriously. The grape is an ancient grape that has a thin skin, hence, tear. The thin skin can “tear” easily or the thin skin can cause “tears” of juice when it rips. A beautiful name for a beautiful wine.

Tasting Notes:
P’tit Paysan Rosé, Monterey, California Winery of the Month
This rosé of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre is juicy and fresh with great acidity and the perfect ocean influence. Herbs, brush and bright red fruit abound. Great with cured meats and a variety of cheeses or grilled chicken and herb potatoes.

Ch. d’Oupia Minervois, Minervois, France
A blend of Carignan, Syrah snd Grenache this wine is a coming together of rustic and polished qualities. Meaty and gravely notes combine with dark fruit, spice and smooth tannins. Sip with lamb bolognese or eggplant Parmesan.

Vinyes Domenach, Monsant, Spain
An rich and complex blend of Grenache and Carignan with notes of peppered meat, earth, ripe fruit, spices and herbs. We love this wine with game and slow cooked roasts.

Marotti Campi Lacrima, Morro d’Alba, Italy 
A beautiful, aromatic red with notes of rose petals, dark berries, pepper and herbs. Enjoy with herbed lamb chops or Greek fare.